I think I fouled up today.
Our community has free lunches in the park every weekday through the summer. It's some kind of extension of the free and reduced lunches during the school year. There is a park about three blocks from my house where the school lunch ladies set up their tables, so we go nearly every day. Many of my friends and their children also come to lunch at the park. We usually pick a shady spot and visit while the kids have a casual picnic together.
There is a kind of creepy guy that goes to my church. He is about my age, has two young boys and never comes to church with his wife (if there is one). The problem is that he is too familiar with me; says things like, after looking me up and down, "You look cute." He just makes me feel uncomfortable.
Today, I arrive at the park to find that none of my friends are there. As we pull our bikes up under a tree, Creepy Guy waves to me. Oh, no. I think. What do I do? I would definitely feel uncomfortable sitting alone with him. Frankly, there are very few men with whom I would feel comfortable sitting alone--a list mostly comprised of my brothers and uncles.
There wasn't a whole lot of room in "his" shady spot so I walked a bit farther and sat alone. Within moments three families from church arrived and sat by me. There is no way he couldn't have noticed.
I feel terrible. I don't think he is predatory. If I had known others were on their way I would have been fine sitting with him--and the group.
What should I have done?